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Germany — Association paints mixed picture for temporary employment

31 December 2009

In his end of year review and outlook for 2010, the President of the Association of Temporary Employers (BZA) paints a mixed picture of the industry.

Volker Enkerts said "we knew that 2009 was going to be a difficult year and we were not surprised that temporary employment fell to 517,000 in the whole of Germany in May 2009. In fact, we had expected worse."

"Between May and October (most recent data available) another 80,000 temporary jobs have been created, which takes temporary employment to 600,000 again."

"The Association believes that there is little in the way of an upwards development for temporary employment in Germany. There is a clear trend towards highly qualified temporary positions, especially in areas such as information technology, engineering and health and social care. In many cases these specialists are in such shortage that they simply cannot be found in the market."

On the future outlook for temporary employment Volker Enkerts pleads with the government to make temporary employment part of the law governing the pay of employees who are sent to Germany on assignment by foreign companies (Arbeitnehmerentsendegesetz) in order to prepare for the upcoming opening of the European market for temporary employment.

The Law says that foreign companies who send employees to Germany have to pay minimum salaries negotiated within the respective industry but it does not apply to temporary employment.

Enkerts demands further that reduced working hours schemes for temporary employees be extended beyond 2010 and that temporary employment should be allowed in the construction industry.

Enkerts concludes "we are our own industry sector and we want to be able to contribute to all areas of the labour market."



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